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Nick Tavaglione

Nick Tavaglione

Dec 21, 2010 2 Comments ›› Riverside Sport Hall of Fame

Contributor Riverside businessman and land developer Nick Tavaglione and his wife Sallie are two of the community’s most active sports boosters and fundraisers for local schools, charities and service clubs. Nick, whose family has a long history in Riverside, played football and baseball at Poly High School and Riverside City College, where he was the first ...

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Jack Smitheran

Jack Smitheran

Dec 21, 2010 3 Comments ›› Riverside Sport Hall of Fame

Coach Jack Smitheran has achieved the success that most coaches only dream of. Growing up in Long Beach, Jack played football and baseball for Long Beach High School before attending Arizona State University. A second baseman at Arizona, he played under one of collegiate baseball’s most successful coaches, Bobby Winkles, and was a member of the 1965 ...

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John "Chief" Meyers

John “Chief” Meyers

Dec 21, 2010 Comments Off on John “Chief” Meyers Riverside Sport Hall of Fame

Athlete,  Pre 1960 There is some controversy over the birth date of the late John “Chief” Meyers, early major-league baseball star. According to a 1969 article in the Riverside Press Enterprise, he was born in 1880, but in other records, Meyers listed his birth date as 1882. The son of a German-American Civil War veteran from ...

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Bob Boyd

Bob Boyd

Dec 21, 2010 Comments Off on Bob Boyd Riverside Sport Hall of Fame

Athlete, Pre 1960 Bob Boyd attributes much of his success in business to his experiences on the football field. “The principles you learn on the gridiron, whether in school or in pro ball, are the same as those that build the foundation for a successful business enterprise…There is a great lesson in pro sports that transfers ...

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Don Pooley

Don Pooley

Dec 21, 2010 1 Comment ›› Riverside Sport Hall of Fame

Athlete, post-1960 Born in 1951 in Phoenix, Arizona, Don Pooley grew up in Riverside and began working closely with club professionals, including caddie Cliff Moore, during his junior year at Poly High School. While Don began playing golf when he was six-years old, he showed little promise of the champion he would become. “Today nobody’s more surprised ...

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Alvin Davis

Alvin Davis

Dec 21, 2010 Comments Off on Alvin Davis Riverside Sport Hall of Fame

Athlete, Post-1960 Alvin Davis was an All CIF baseball player at North High School as well as an All American first baseman at Arizona State, where he led the Sun Devils to an NCAA championship. He graduated from Arizona State University, with a history of good grades and team leadership at every level. Davis went on to ...

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